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Vol. 6, Iss. 7: Sea & Sky




Sea & Sky

Off they go into the wild, blue yonder or setting sail on the deep, blue sea! Adventurous, daring, risk-taking and dutiful are some of the qualities necessary to take to the skies or to navigate our vast oceans. Air travel wouldn’t be what it is today if it weren’t for remarkable aviators such as Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager and Neil Armstrong, to name only a few, who advanced the accomplishments of Orville & Wilbur Wright. The Wright brothers made their daring ascent into the sky in their infamous “Wright Flyer” at Kitty Hawk, NC in December 1903. Notable U.S. naval officers such as Isaac Hull, David Farragut and Chester Nimitz secured our command of the seas in defense of our great country. We celebrate the Wright brothers and other brave people like them by offering a 10% discount on the one-of-a-kind items below. Purchase any one of these items by July 19, 2015, to receive this 10% discount.

Name Orville Wright ID# 58067
Headline Framed Display!  A swatch of fabric from the Kitty Hawk Wright Flyer, a mechanical piece from a Wright B Flyer, and a signed check of Orville Wright.  
Date April 5, 1930 Price
Place Dayton, Ohio $6,800.00

Name Jim Lovell ID# 57416
Headline Lost Moon ~ The story of the Moon shot that almost ended in catastrophe, signed by Jim Lovell  
Date 1994 Price
Place n.p. $100.00

Name Gideon Welles
Civil War
ID# 59186

Gideon Welles orders Captain John A. Winslow to report to the U.S.S. Kearsarge, aboard which he famously defeated the C.S.S. Alabama in 1862

Date December 5, 1862 Price
Place Washington $1,500.00

Name Atomic Bomb
World War II
ID# 57818
Headline “Enola Gay” Pilot Paul Tibbets, Bombardier Tom Ferebee, and Navigator Theodore Van Kirk sign an ornate postwar printing of a razzing rhyme written while in training by several anonymous pilots before the top secret bombing mission, envious of the 509th’s special treatment  
Date n.d. Price
Place n.p. $500.00

Name David G. Farragut
Benjamin F. Butler
ID# 58243
Headline Admiral David Farragut and General Benjamin Butler facilitate closer cooperation between the Union Army and Navy  
Date Nov. 1, 1862 / Dec. 23, 1862 Price
Place Pensacola Bay / New Orleans $2,900.00

Name Whaling Journal ID# 59448

A remarkable Pacific whaling journal with illustrations of ships, whale tales, porpoises, and even pigs!

Date April 7, 1859 - April 30, 1861 Price
Place Various $9,000.00

Name [ Wright Brothers] ID# 58297
Headline A flown grease cup that was part of the iconic Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" and the De Havilland DH-4, and then used for the restoration of the Wright brothers’ 1905 Wright Flyer III !  
Date [1915 - 1925] Price
Place n.p. $2,000.00

Name James Madison ID# 59530

Beautiful one page Presidential ALS by James Madison advising Virginia Governor William Cary on the state of the first, and highly important comprehensive survey of the coast of the United States. 

Date May 17, 1816 Price
Place Washington $5,000.00

Name Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin ID# 59474
Headline Superb Signed Panoramic Photograph of Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and the Lunar Excursion Module on the Moon, taken by Neil Armstrong  
Date n.d. Price
Place n.p. $750.00

Name Charles A. Lindbergh ID# 59443

A signed and inscribed first edition of Lindbergh's postwar memoir: Of Flight and Life

Date August 1948 Price
Place n.p. $1,200.00


Name Richard E. Byrd ID# 53533
Headline Amazing Historic Richard E. Byrd Archive including the Snowshoes he wore on his first Antarctic Expedition in 1928, with impeccable provenance.  
Date 1926-1930 Price
Place Washington, D.C./New York City $25,000.00

Name World War II ID# 53886
Headline 31st Fighter Group 12th Army Air Force jacket.  
Date c. 1942 Price
Place n.p. $900.00

Name Hindenburg ID# 54206
Headline Archive including three relics, including a portable shaving kit, recovered from the 1937 fiery crash of the German Airship “Hindenburg,” postmarked “Hindenburg” picture postcard bearing letter penned aboard the airship, and a pictorial Nazi “Zeppelin” luggage label.  
Date 1936-1937 Price
Place n.p. $2,900.00

Name Franklin D. Roosevelt ID# 50673
Headline Roosevelt thanks a New Yorker for responding to the government's "Eyes for the Navy" appeal by sending binoculars used in yacht races in New York harbor. Accompanied by the actual binoculars and additional provenance.  
Date December 13, 1917 Price
Place Washington, D. C. $2,500.00

Name Space Shuttle ID# 37318
Headline Pushbutton control panel from shuttle era mission control desks  
Date n.d. Price
Place n.p. $600.00

Name Whaling Journal ID# 59456


A well-written journal of a Pacific Whaling voyage from the bark Prudent of Stonington, Connecticut, 1853-1855.

Date December 20, 1853 - May 30, 1855 Price
Place Various $6,500.00


Name Military Heroes
Charles "Chuck" Yeager
ID# 56727
Headline Signatures and photographs of the bravest decorated Americans in the twentieth century.  
Date Various Price
Place Various $450.00

Name Aviation ID# 57673
Headline Fabric from the Curtiss NC-4 – the first airplane to complete a transatlantic flight – with Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum certification  
Date 1919 Price
Place n.p. $1,350.00

Name Charles A. Lindbergh ID# 50782
Headline Inaccuracies about Lindbergh's 1927 flight to Mexico in the Spirit of St. Louis, where he first met his future wife, Anne Morrow, prompt Lindbergh to pen an explanatory letter to the author.  
Date April 23, 1935 Price
Place Englewood, New Jersey $4,850.00

Name Neil Armstrong ID# 59485
Headline Neil Armstrong contemporaneously signs a quote of his first words on the moon "HOUSTON, TRANQUILITY BASE HERE. THE EAGLE HAS LANDED"  
Date n.d. Price
Place n.p. $3,250.00

Name Chester W. Nimitz
World War II
ID# 59326
Headline Extremely Rare Image! Unique Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Signed Photograph of the Surrender of Japan aboard the USS "Missouri" in Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945 with lengthy inscription  
Date 1965 / 1966 Price
Place [San Francisco, California] $6,500.00

Name Ships ID# 56670
Headline Consomme Cup attributed to the “Queen Mary”  
Date [1936-] Price
Place n.p. $600.00

Name Isaac Hull ID# 59442

An amazing content letter. Hull dispels rumors of a war with France but despairs of further help for the Navy from Congress: "…we have news to day Bonaparte has Clasp't his Paw on the American Property at St. Sabastians  and that he is about to Declare War against the United States"

Date March 5, 1810 Price
Place n.p. $2,900.00

Name [John F. Kennedy] ID# 58917
Headline Biuku Gasa, the Solomon Islander who rescued John F. Kennedy and his fellow PT-109 survivors, gives the only contemporary (and likely the first) lengthy account of the events of August 1943  
Date c. 1961 Price
Place [Solomon Islands] $9,500.00

Name Naval History ID# 59155
Headline A detailed order to outfit one of the first armed ships to patrol the Mississippi, named the Senator Ross  
Date March 30, 1799 Price
Place Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania $2,000.00

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